Donald Francis Kinson, 90, passed away July 25 at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, NH. He was born November 26, 1929.Don served in the United States Marines during the Korean War, November 1951 to November 1953 attaining the rank of Sargent. Don earned the Korean War Service Medal with two stars, UN Service Medal, Letter of Commendation with Valor and the National Defense Medal. Don was a member of the American Legion, Vergennes, Vermont and a Life Member of the First Marine Division Association.January 22, 1954, he married Barbara Lee Ripley. They raised 4 sons together. They resided in Charlestown, New Hampshire most of their lives.Don worked many jobs throughout his life from picking up milk from local farms and delivering to the creamery in Bellows Falls to carpentry work. Don retired from MPB Corp, Keene, New Hampshire in 1988. Don traveled during his retirement and after a road trip to Alaska he volunteered for the US Forest Service in Rochester, Vermont. While in Rochester he built many trails and bridges for these trails. He was a major contributor to the Rochester Vermont Forest Service build.Don is preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters, his parents Nathaniel and Eloise (Harris) Kinson, a grandson Benjamin Kinson. He is survived by wife and partner in life Barbara, his sons Donald and wife Lynne of Hayden, ID, Kenneth and wife Mary E of Charlestown, NH, Tony and wife Mary C. of Charlotte, VT, grandchildren Kara, William, Kimberly, Leslie, Breanna, Katie, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Memorial service will be held at Pine Crest Cemetery in Charlestown, NH, on Friday, July 31 at 10:00AM, for family and friends. A reception after the service will be held at the home of Ken and Mary, 8 Stonebridge Road, Charlestown.In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to the Eloise Kinson Memorial Fund Silsby Library, PO Box 307, Charlestown, New Hampshire 03603 or to the Activities Fund New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter St, Tilton, New Hampshire 03276.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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